April 21, 2003
Lansing, MI – Attorney General Mike Cox today filed a civil suit against Jeffrey Razet, owner and operator of Razmataz, LLC, (www.razmatazcoins.com and www.razmatazgifts.com), a Sterling Heights business claiming to sell “Operation Freedom” coins in order to help troops fighting the war in Iraq.
On April 9, Cox warned Razet in a Notice of Intended Action (NIA) that he had 10 days to clean up his deceptive Internet advertising, stop misrepresenting the contributions that U.S. soldiers will receive from the company, and provide the Attorney General’s office with specific information regarding the companies activity. While the Razmataz website was not operational as of Friday, April 18, 2003, Mr.Razet has twice failed to meet with the Attorney General’s office in order to provide additional information.
“Mr. Razet has had ample opportunity to present his case to this office and yet he refuses to do so,” said Cox. “I will not allow Mr. Razet any more time to rip anyone else off by playing on their patriotic emotions. Today, we are moving forward with the court case and will be seeking to recover any funds that Mr. Razet was able to get by duping consumers into his scam.”
The complaint alleges that in addition to engaging in fraudulent activity, Razet violated Michigan’s Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) and Uniform Trade Practices Act (MUTPA). Relief sought under the MCPA and MUTPA include restitution to consumers and/or damages, and civil penalties of up to $25,000.